My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Bitter and Twisted

Actually, today’s title has nothing to do with the blog entry. It’s just that all day yesterday the song Bitter and Twisted was running through my head. Anyone else remember McVicar? Wow — thanks to a Google search, I discovered that John McVicar has a website. If y’all click on the link he’s going to wonder wot the bloody hell is going on with all those referrals from a knitting website. Hee hee hee.

(Scary factoid du jour: I used to listed to Bitter and Twisted every morning before leaving for work to get myself into the proper frame of mind.)


Laura now has a front to match her back — see?


And I’m now back on Sleeve Island. It’s a good thing I asked the cabana boy to hold my deck chair for me.

And because other than the front of Laura I got nuthin’, I’m going to torment you with a giftie I received in the mail.

This, from my lovely lovely friend Amelia!


This is two skeins of Colinette Tagliatelli, in the Tapis colorway. You may all pause to drool now.

I adore Colinette.

And this!


This is a wonderful little kit to knit a hat and scarf, from Wensleydale Longwool, in the natural “black” and marl. And it contains a length of curly fleece, to be knitted into the ends of the scarf to form a fringe. How cool is that??!!

As it happens, I lust after Wensleydale wool. And these skeins have that lovely sheepie smell to them.

(Does it make me weird that I spent all evening happily inhaing the fumes from my new wool? Yeah, that’s what I thought.)

Thank you Amelia!!

(I also adore Wensleydale cheese. But that’s another story.)

And Now For Something Completely Different

Is anyone interested in making a kitty bed for a deserving kitten in the UK? The recipient will pay, and I am making my kitty bed pattern available to the knitter who wants to take this on.

If you want more information, please send me an email, and I’ll forward it to the party who desires said kitty bed. A good opportunity for a UK knitter, but recipient also has a US P.O. box, so US knitters may apply as well.

That’s all the info I have — I’m simply acting as go-between here, trying to do a good deed.

Lucy says that all little kittens deserve hand knit kitty beds!



  1. Different generation here. I listened to Devo’s “Whip It.” I cringe when I hear it on the Swiffer commercials now.

  2. Hey Wendy — if I had a cabana boy, he certainly wouldn’t be holding ~chairs~ for me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Greetings from Red Sox Nation! ๐Ÿ™‚ Wendy, I’m guessing a gal w/ your fabulous stash already knows all about Webs here in MA, but here’s a link to a bunch of Wensleydale they’re selling:

    Have a fab day, all!

  4. hummm, wensleydale yarn. gotta see what that’s all about. you have amazing taste in yarn. it must be good! and cool yarn from amelia. wonderful colors. take care!

  5. omg, when i got my oregon yarn from vy, i opened the box, picked up each color, stuck it up to my nose and inhaled. then i thought, if anyone walked in now and saw me, they would think i’m nuts ;-0

  6. Inhaling fumes from your new wool,eh? Just wait for the raw fleece I have in store for you! Hee Hee!

  7. Wendy, the freakish speed at which you knit continues to amaze me. I am conveinced your passed on some wicked nordic gene that allows you to transform yarn into garments( or kitty beds or deserving cat toys) at superhuman speed.

    This gene should be shared. You shaould plan on having at least 10 children to ensure it remains in The Big Pool. BE responsible to your craft.

    HEy. I got some fab Tag too (3 Skeins of Kingfisher *ow!ow!* but now I can’t find a pattern for my behemoth nephew who needs a toddler 2 size. Can you please clarify for me if TAG requires a special pattern becasue of its unique character or do you think I could use any worsted weight one? To amuse you, I will confess that in my still-impressionable novice-knitter mind, I am thinking maybe to try using it tackling the cunning Tolten Jacket in Knitting Without Tears. Thoughts?

    Anyway, I had not yet met Wensleydale. Now I must have some. That fleecy trim thing killed me. Good for you. Thanks for making me part with more money *lol*

    hugs and hedbutts to you and the ever glamourous Lucy … Orion thinks if Lucy were a person, she would be a young Ava Gardner. Do you think this is true? (He is so obsessed.)

    BEst, Diana

  8. *Doh*!! Your MOTHER! I meant your Mother must have passed on the gene (what is she knitting these days anyway?)

    Sorry for my terrible spelling and typos … I should not be commenting here without more coffee first.

    ciao, belli DIana

  9. Oh. Don’t you love that sheepy smell? I just received a big bag of Colinette 5 point to make the flounce jacket I saw on Froggy’s blog, and I can’t get over that smell! I grew up on a small farm with sheep and that lanolin smell reminds me of when we would shear the little beasts.

    BTW, whenever I see Wensleydale I just want to watch Wallace and Gromit. Maybe I need to try the wool to see if it is as good as the cheese.

  10. I just got off sleeve island, you can hire my cabana boy if you like, he makes a mean Margarita ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I know that smell — especially after felting a kitty bed last weekend! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Laura looks great – what an amazing yarn.

  12. Add me to the ranks of yarn-sniffers. I love to walk into a yarn shop and pick up a lovely skein of something (especially wool) and take a good deep whiff of it. I like the smell of fleece also, but it has to be well-skirted!

  13. Wensleydale is wonderful yarn and comes in gorgeous colors. I’m knitting my second sweater now. It is scratchy, but has a lot of sheen. I went to the actual Wensleydale farm as part of Jean Moss’s Edinburgh/York Knitting Tour two years ago. It has a little cottage with a yarn shop attached. The sheep had already been shorn so they did not have their characteristic long curly bangs. We were invited into the cottage for tea and biscuits — so British. The busload of knitters hit that shop like a hurricane and cleaned it out! At least we tried — they kept bringing in bags of yarn so everyone got the color choices they wanted. We called ourselves the “Yarn Whoreders” because no skein was safe with us around.

  14. I used to listen to the Rolling Stones “Black and Blue” at 5am to get into my “work groove.” Top volume, of course. And often chase it with an icy cold Pepsi. It suited me in those days, but I always did wonder a bit at myself.

  15. I’d be happy to make a kitty bed, but I don’t have the resources to felt it (living in student housing). Would the recipient be able to do the felting process? I am also in the UK this year, so that would cut down on shipping costs for them, and they could choose the materials they want as well. Please feel free to pass them along my email address.

  16. I’ve never seen wensleydale yarn, but wensleydale cheese is great! And now I’ll have Monty Python’s cheese store skit running through my head all day.

  17. Ah, music – When I was teaching art classes, I used to listen to “Devil in a Blue Dress” and “Love Potion #9” while I was setting up – to get myself reved up and ready for the kids. Now that I’m a Fed – I sometimes listen to Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” at the end of the day.

    Thanks for showing off your Wensleydale yarn – got to get some for a cowl!

    Love to Lucy!

  18. Whoa, the song going through my head every morning on my way to work is “If I only had a brain”, by the Scarecrow. Once again, you have me lusting after more yarn….that Alpaca Silk stuff yesterday, and now Wensleydale. I’m gonna need a rented storage unit pretty soon.

  19. Oh my…my morning song of choice was “Living Dead Girl” by White Zombie.

  20. Ooooh! Tagliatelli is *fun*. I got some of the Posicle colorway, have enjoyed knitting with it although I’m not ususally a fan of tape yarns. It’s pretty enough to use the skeins alone as decorative objects. Enjoy!

  21. I can’t wait to get on sleeve island! I’m just trying to figure out what I want him to do for moi!

    That Colinette yarn is fabulous. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Coming home from the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival, I kept thrusting skeins of lucious yarns under my DH’s nose and yelling, “Just smell that! You can still smell the sheep!” Ah, yarn fumes. . . . .

  23. You’re a fan of the lyrics to Bitter & Twisted? You are SCARY!

  24. You NEVER cease to amaze.

    I got some Koigu for the kitty bed along and WOW does that stuff smell nice. Is *that* what real wool smells like.

    Have you ever measured how fast you knit? For example… how many stitches per minute (like with typing)? I am so curious. I need something to shoot for. My mom always said, “If your gonna dream, dream BIG.”

  25. Oh, and as for get into the grove songs…

    Republica’s “Ready to Go” has never failed me.

  26. Don’t you love those ear worms?

  27. hi wendy!
    oh dear. what am i going to do? there’s a pile of colinette induced drool on my laptop keyboard and it’s all your fault!

    if a knitter can have one weakness, mine’s colinette.

    lovely! whatcha gonna make? whatcha gonna make?

  28. Aha! Another Yarn Huffer.